A Comparison of the Narratives in Salvation by Langston Hughes and Me Talk Pretty One Day
In “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, the young boy is at a church in a situation where all the elders of the church want all the young ones of the church to get saved during a revival. In “Me Talk Pretty One Day”, a middle-aged man is in France with the situation of wanting to learn French. Both narratives have people wanting the narrator to do something, but the narrator doesn’t immediately cooperate.
An example of such struggle in “Salvation” would be in paragraphs five and six when the boy still hasn’t gone down to get saved and just sits there with his friend. One example of struggle in “Me Talk Pretty One Day” would be the teacher’s horrible demeanor on page 343 where the teacher flat out tells the narrator “I hate you” or on page 344 where she stabs a student in the eye with a pencil. This creates a conflict of the narrator feeling belittled and like he could never understand it as shown on pages 343 and 344.
The conflict in the Sedaris article is a little different; the boy wants to physically see Jesus and not just take everybody’s word for it. Hughes makes this clear by saying “I kept waiting to see Jesus” in the fifth paragraph. Something does come out of this conflict though; the boy ends up getting saved. Something comes out of the conflict in the Sedaris article also; in the Sedaris narrative, the narrator ends up understanding what the teacher says and is actually able to respond to her. The meaning of this is that someone might be able to understand a language but not necessarily speak it and to never give up on learning. In the article by Hughes, the meaning would be that a problem might seem temporarily fixed, but it could come back and cause stress later. In conclusion, both narratives are well-written with conflicts of not exactly doing what the surroundings want them to do but overcoming it in their own way.
“Neither man nor woman, neither and both, cyclic, lunar, metamorphosing under the hand’s touch, changelings in the human cradle, they were no flesh of mine, no friends; no love between […]
Setting and Background Information The novel is set in Berne, Switzerland in the spring of 1905. Einstein is twenty-six years old, working on his theory of relativity in his extra […]
According to Mircea Eliade, fairy tales and mythological stories are “models for human behavior [that,] by that very fact, give meaning and value to life (Bettelheim 35). This lends to […]
In the popular fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, the road to grandmother’s house is no walk in the park – it is dark, ominous, dangerous. It also offers choices, but […]
In the following essay I will write to the third section covered in the course. That is, the section on Integrators, such as, Viktor Frankl and Erich Fromm. The focus […]
In A Man’s Search for Meaning Dr. Frankl demonstrates the way the “meaning of life” affects a person’s drive and will. Frankl’s main argument is a prisoner’s struggle to find […]
When Breath becomes Air and Mans Search for Meaning have many different ideas associated with suffering. While reading these books, you may start to compare and contrast different ideas and […]
MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING PAPER In the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl, he talked about ways of finding meaning in life. One of which he talked […]
Background of the Study Viktor Frankl‘s s most popular book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is one of the resource where one can understand his life and work. The book details […]
In “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, the young boy is at a church in a situation where all the elders of the church want all the young ones of the church […]